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How a symposium can be used to assess students’ work

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Judith Hillmore heard Dr Suzanne Ruddy, UCL Molecular Biosciences, tell attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 how her students take part in a realistic symposium as part of their assessed work.

Students prefer tutorial-based teaching, a new study shows

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Clare Goudy reports on a study into student attitudes to small-group teaching, presented at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014

What do students want from their personal tutors?

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Beatrice Lok personal tutor study

Abbie Willett, Beatrice Lok and Dr Paul Walker, CALT, revealed the top five most valued aspects of personal tutoring to attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 

Do students use feedback or just look at the mark? Dr Pam Donovan set out to find the answer

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The UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 heard the results of an experiment to explore the myths surrounding student feedback. Clare Goudy reports

Making history with iPads, peer assessment and MyPortfolio

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Dr Paul Walker, CALT, and Dr Zubin Mistry, UCL History, presented attendees at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2014 with a pioneering first-year undergraduate history module. Judith Hillmore reports

Saving sight in West Africa through skills development

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Dr Rosalind Duhs reports on her trip to Abuja, Nigeria, where she helped design a curriculum for local eye surgeons

Better together: How Dr Parama Chaudhury swapped traditional lectures for team-based learning

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Dr Parama Chaudhury’s first-year Economics module represents a first for UCL. Based on the concept of flipping lectures, she now provides her learners with a range of sources to study before they meet, and then uses the lecture time to lead the group in team exercises.

99 per cent of Dr Daven Armoogum’s students have given his new feedback system the thumbs up. Here’s why

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Daven Armoogum feedback assessment innovation

“I’d heard similar things from students and staff for the past two years,” said Dr Daven Armoogum, Teaching Fellow, UCL Physics and Astronomy. “They wanted the same improvement – marking and feedback phrasing that was more consistent.”

Improve student satisfaction with 100 per cent e-submissions

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Step-by-step, Michelle Tinsley and Jemma Leahy explain how the MSc Management programme made the switch from paper coursework to Moodle and Turnitin

Bite-sized CPD courses for dental care professionals

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Professor Andrew Eder and Ruth Glover of the Eastman Dental Institute discuss how they developed a range of ‘podcourses’ to enable dental care professionals to fulfil mandatory CPD requirements in bite-sized chunks.

Using a Teaching Innovation Grant to develop English language apps

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Professor Bas Aarts, Seth Mehl and Sean Wallis describe the three interactive apps they’ve developed, and explain why spelling, punctuation and good writing are important.

Collaborating with health centres in Tanzania and Jamaica

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Professor Timothy McHugh teaching in Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

Professor Tim McHugh, Director of the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology, explains why working with and in resource-poor countries is so important, both for research and teaching.

Sharing student learning via videos

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Dr Adrien Desjardins of the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering explains why he introduced a video-making element to two of his courses, an idea for which he won a Provost's Teaching Award in 2013.

Preparing students for research using virtual labs and a journal club

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UCL students using microscopes in a lab

Dr Richard Day explains the ways in which he prepares his Master’s students for research projects and practical lab work.

Students chairing tutorials

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The Department of Speech and Language Therapy’s Dr Rachel Rees explains why students are asked to chair their own tutorials during the first and second years of their degree.

Ongoing collaborative research project on the history of electricity

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Dr Chiara Ambrosio explains how this unique and innovative course works, and why it’s so beneficial for students.

Observing extra-solar planets

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In 2008/09 the Astrophysics department applied for funding to facilitate the participation of undergraduates in a collaborative research project.

Scenario-based learning in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

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In this video, Dr Benn Thomsen from UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering discusses his experiences of using scenarios to aid the teaching of undergraduate students. The presentation slides are available to download below the video.

Using the Teaching Equipment Fund to buy water level recorders

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Dr Helene Burningham describes how instruments bought with help from the Teaching Equipment Fund have revolutionised teaching in the Department of Geography.

Complementing personal tutoring with group coaching

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Gillian Lacey-Solymar talks to students

Craig Daraz, Teaching Programme Manager at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, explains how postgraduates’ employability is boosted through a combination of individual and group tutorials.

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